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I’m Run Off My Feet – How Can I Do Strategic Planning Too?

I’m Run Off My Feet – How Can I Do Strategic Planning Too?

  Many Facility Managers are focused on reacting to and solving problems, not being strategic. It can be fun and rewarding as well as supporting our organization in the short term. That was my approach in the beginning of my career – the belief that I was being paid to do things. Over time and […]

By June 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Talking Numbers with your CFO

Talking Numbers with your CFO

To get results, you need to get attention and approval for your initiatives from the decision makers at your company such as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). To do this, you need to see facilities the way your chief financial officer and the finance department do. Since facilities cost money and money is the bottom […]

By March 1, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
3 Things Facility Managers Need to Do

3 Things Facility Managers Need to Do

  Facility Managers do a lot of things and sometimes those things get in the way of what they should be doing. They get re-directed by the latest trends and concepts and neglect to focus on the fundamental things that drive results and improve what we do. Instead of spending so much effort always responding […]

By February 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
The Skills Gap in Facility Management

The Skills Gap in Facility Management

  I recently held a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting for the Certificate in Facility Management at Ryerson University for which I am the Academic Coordinator. It is a continuing education program for people in the Facility Management industry to develop and upgrade their skills. The PAC was formed for a program review to identify […]

By February 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Facility Management as a Leadership Role.

Facility Management as a Leadership Role.

The role of a Facility Manager has been transforming yet it still has a long way to go. As an important yet somewhat invisible function of most organizations, the Facility Manager has a significant impact on their organization’s success and financial results. Yet often, the role of the Facilities Manager is seen as being just […]

By July 27, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
What Elements Do You Need For An Effective Occupant Survey?

What Elements Do You Need For An Effective Occupant Survey?

Occupant surveys are an important tool that many Facility and Property Manages neglect. They are much easier and cheaper to do now with easy to use web tools and are even environmentally friendly as a result. The web tools make it easy to create and distribute surveys in a corporate environment and you can even […]

By May 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
You Don’t Need A Seat at the C-Suite Boardroom Table

You Don’t Need A Seat at the C-Suite Boardroom Table

It’s a common misconception that Facility Managers need a seat at the C-Suite table along with the COO, CEO, CFO, CIO, and the other top executives. Quite simply you don’t. And in most organizations, you won’t. The nature of what we do as Facility Managers, while important to your organization’s success, simply won’t warrant a […]

By March 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Top 10 Reasons Your Company Needs a Facilities Management Professional Like You

Top 10 Reasons Your Company Needs a Facilities Management Professional Like You

  Does your Company know why a Professional Facilities Manager like you is essential to get the best value out of their Facilities? Facilities represent a large part of any company’s assets and expenses (usually the second highest cost behind personnel) yet Facilities Management doesn’t usually receive the same attention that other parts of organization […]

By February 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
What your HR department should know about Facilities Management

What your HR department should know about Facilities Management

  The Facilities Management profession is not well understood by organizations and often even less so by your Human Resources department. They are more likely to deal with the large number of employees engaged in the core business of your organization or in the more recognizable support professions like IT, finance, sales, etc. As a […]

By February 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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